Chapters are the heart and members are the soul of
The American Chestnut Foundation
The American Chestnut Foundation currently has 16 chapters located in Alabama, the Carolinas, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts/Rhode Island, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont/New Hampshire, Virginia and West Virginia. Chapter volunteers contribute time and energy supporting regional breeding programs, independent research, local education programs, and member recruitment, often at their own expense.
The TACF chapter system is growing in proportion to the increasing level of local enthusiasm for helping to restore the King of the Forest. The chapter system helps preserve the regional diversity of the American chestnut throughout its original range, which spanned from Maine to Georgia, and possibly even to Florida, and west to the Mississippi River. Each tree had a genetic make up that evolved to enhance its survival. From flowering early in the south, to cold-weather resistance in the north, each region was unique. Preserving the genetic material of the American chestnut is crucial to TACF's effort to breed a blight-resistant tree. TACF volunteer members work diligently toward this effort. They pollinate and harvest surviving trees and plant regional orchards of backcrossed seedlings. Chapters maximize resources at the local level, develop programs uniquely designed to each region, and promote our mission - to restore the King of the Forest to its native woodlands along the eastern United States.
Please contact your chapter representative to learn about opportunities in your
area to help restore the King of the Forest.
Kendra Gurney, NE Regional Science Coordinator
PENNSYLVANIA/ NEW JERSEY CHAPTER
Jean Najjar, Chapter Administrator
Sara Fitzsimmons, Tree Breeding Coordinator
Kendra Gurney, New England Regional Science Coordinator
Cathy Mayes, President
Other State Contacts
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